On this episode of Global National: New developments with the Omicron variant as COVID-19 case numbers are climbing like never before. Today, Quebec set a new record for infections with over 12,000 in just 24 hours. It’s still unclear whether the surge will lead to a spike in hospitalizations, though Quebec says the sheer number of cases is already causing major strain. The province says nearly 7,000 health-care workers were off the job due to COVID-19. And Quebec is now making a major change for infected workers to keep hospitals staffed. Abigail Bimman explains.
In the U.S., the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire, testing sites are swamped, hospitalizations are up and now the Centres for Disease Control has cut quarantine guidelines in half for positive asymptomatic patients. It comes as airline and health-care worker shortages grow. Jennifer Johnson has the latest.
Today in the U.K. another record for COVID-19 cases with more than 129,000 in a single day. It comes as Scotland and other places in the U.K. tighten restrictions to try and reduce the spread of Omicron, but not in England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says no rules will change before the new year. Redmond Shannon reports.
2021 was a year of reckoning for Canada. In May, 215 unmarked graves were discovered near the site of a former residential school in Kamloops and more discoveries across the country followed. It forced Canadians to take a hard look at the horrific treatment of Indigenous children and present day injustices to Indigenous peoples. And while there has been some change, the work is far from done. Heather Yourex-West has more.
It’s the season for New Year resolutions and according to Ipsos polling exclusively for Global News nearly half of us plan to make a big effort to do things differently in 2022. Many of those New Year’s goals are about money. Anne Gaviola has more on how to stick to your finance-related resolutions.
We don’t have to remind you how difficult and dark these last few years have felt, but if you’ve thrown yourself into a creative project during the pandemic you know how powerful it can be. Caryn Lieberman has the story of how painting has changed the life of one Toronto boy.
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